The final week of the ‘Appeti Summer Tour’ saw fourteen of our youngsters competing in the Kent Junior County Closed Championships 2011 at Bromley Tennis Centre.
The biggest news of the week saw James Davis become the 12U Boys County Champion. James won through five rounds of the 12U Boys Singles draw without dropping a set to reach the final, where he met Jonah Smith. James played faultless tennis and proved unbeatable taking the title, 6-2, 6-1.
This was a great win for James who has worked hard to get himself back to fitness after having to withdraw from his previous Grade 3 final. It is also a great win for tennis in East Kent, our area is notorious for a lack of tennis opportunity and activity, so for a homegrown boy to achieve such success is great for the area. James has been training with Appeti Tennis since he was 6 years old, he and coach Richard Myall have worked together since his first lesson. Richard was there on Sunday to see James take the title and the smile is yet to leave his face. A huge congratulations to James and Richard on their success.
Charlotte Hobbs also had a successful week reaching two consolation finals. Her first, the Girls 18U, was against Naomi Wylde and this proved to be a closely fought affair. At the end of the second set Naomi just pulled ahead in the tiebreak to take the match 6-2, 7-6. Later in the afternoon Charlotte returned to court to face Jenny Tomei in the Woman’s singles. This time Charlotte was able to totally dominate the match to win through 6-0, 6-2. In the 16U Girls Consolation both Evie Robertson and Hannah Tonry reached the semi finals.
The 14U Boys event saw both Jamie Wallace and Dan Gould continuing their impressive summer. Jamie knocked out the number 2 seed Liam Van Den Hoek in an exciting match which saw him playing some of his best tennis. The final result of 7-6(2), 7-6(2) was well deserved. Jamie came close to causing another upset when he played Nicholas Brookes in the quarter finals. Jamie played well after a slow first set and won a nail biting second set but Nicholas was just able to pull ahead in the third set to win the match 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
In the 9U forty five boys competed to qualify for the final compass draw of sixteen. Both Ollie Richards and JoJo Thomas successfully reached this stage with Ollie just losing out in the consolation final.
Graham Hunt finished his summer with a great match against Nathan Fawcitt, who is two ratings above him, just losing in the third set tiebreak whilst Saffron Taylor, Nathaniel Wyatt Gittins, John Jones, Rosie Hewett and Rob Sotillo all played well and were able to gain valuable tournament experience over the week.
We would like to say well done to all our players on a great summer of tennis!